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Yes No Maybe So: A Star is Born

by Nathaniel R

When the trailer for the fourth version of A Star is Born hit yesterday everyone was all surprised like "omg this looks... good. Could it be good?" Dear reader, we been saying that via the Oscar charts! It certainly helps that Bradley Cooper enlisted Dp Matthew Libatique to shoot it and from early images it looks like Libatique knew what an attention grabber this could be and is really going for broke. So much color and beauty. Yes! Let's do a quick Yes No Maybe So™ on this (and a few more trailers) after the jump...
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Joel Schumacher Is Very Sorry For ‘Batman & Robin’: ‘I Want to Apologize to Every Fan’

Joel Schumacher Is Very Sorry For ‘Batman & Robin’: ‘I Want to Apologize to Every Fan’
Joel Schumacher’s much-maligned “Batman & Robin” turns the big 2-0 later this month, and in celebration, the filmmaker has finally taken the time to pretty much disavow the entire rubber-nippled affair. Happy birthday, “Batman & Robin”?

In a telling new Vice interview (via Entertainment Weekly), the filmmaker opens up about the 1997 superhero film starring George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell which nearly tanked both his career and the Batman franchise as a whole. (For context, the film currently holds a shocking 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of any modern Batman-centric film, including such other critically bashed features like “Batman Forever” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and it made less than $108 million at the domestic box office, another low for the franchise.)

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Schumacher told the outlet, “Look, I apologize. I want to apologize to every fan
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Colin Farrell, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard board TV projects

Colin Farrell, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard board TV projects
Allure of small screen tempts latest batch of film stars.

Colin Farrell will play Oliver North and reunite with Yorgos Lanthimos for Amazon Studios, while Penelope Cruz will star as Donatella Versace in FX’s American Crime Story anthology, and Peter Sarsgaard is cast as a CIA staffer in Hulu’s The Looming Tower.

Farrell and Yorgos Lanthimos are set to reunite on Untitled Ollie North Project, Amazon Studios’ limited series about the Oliver North Iran Contra affair.

The project recounts the story of the National Security Council staff member involved in the illegal sale of weapons to Iran to encourage the release of Us hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s.

The project is currently in development and will reunite Farrell with Lanthimos, who directed him in The Lobster and A24’s upcoming The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.

Farrell starred in the second season of HBO’s True Detective and is best known for a film
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Directors Who Damaged Their Careers Part 5 – The One Who Made Batman & Robin

Graeme Robertson continues his series looking at directors who damaged their careers; next up is Michael Sarne (read the first part on Richard Kelly here, the second part on Michael Cimino here, the third part on George Lucas here, and the fourth part on Michael Sarne here)…

Joel Schumacher is a strange addition to this series, mainly because his career implosion occurred much slower than previous entries, and somehow managing to survive a colossal disaster of a film that would have ended most careers. Not only surviving, but also continuing to make films with significant backing, before almost completely finishing it off by making one stinker too many.

Schumacher originally made his name as a director in the 1980s; bringing us films featuring the then popular “brat pack” group of actors, directing successful movies like St Elmo’s Fire (1984), The Lost Boys (1987).

Schumacher continuing his winning streak into the 1990s
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Nicolas Cage: examining his straight-to-dvd movies

Kirsten Howard Feb 24, 2017

Last year we watched ten of the recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Since then, he's made six more...

This article has been updated to include six new films: Dog Eat Dog, The Trust, USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage, Southern Fury, Army Of One and Vengeance: A Love Story.

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The first Nicolas Cage movie I saw wasn’t one of the cool ones. It wasn’t Wild At Heart, Raising Arizona or even Valley Girl. It was the Cher rom-com, Moonstruck.

My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical
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The Evolution of Colin Farrell: From ‘Tigerland’ to ‘The Lobster’ (Photos)

The Evolution of Colin Farrell: From ‘Tigerland’ to ‘The Lobster’ (Photos)
Ballykissangel” (1998-99) Colin Farrell‘s big break came playing villager Danny Byrne in the Irish TV series “Tigerland” (2000) In his first U.S. starring role, Farrell played a draftee in 1971 going through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, aka Louisiana’s infamous Tigerland, the last stop for soldiers heading to Vietnam. “American Outlaws” (2001) The Dublin-born actor got his first big exposure with American audiences playing Jesse James in 2001’s “American Outlaws” “Minority Report” (2002) Farrell sealed his movie star status when he co-starred with Tom Cruise in 2002 Steven Spielberg film, “Minority Report” “Daredevil” (2003) He went on to shave his head for
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Colin Farrell: Why I Made 'The Lobster'

Colin Farrell: Why I Made 'The Lobster'
"So tell me," Colin Farrell asks. "What's it about?"

When The Lobster premiered in Cannes in 2015, the 39-year-old Irish actor was forthright about not understanding what, exactly, was going on in Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' sci-fi fable, set in a world where single adults who fail to find a suitable romantic partner within 40 days, or risk being turned into animals. A year later, as it opens in New York and Los Angeles today (and goes into wide release on May 27th), he's still not sure — but he has a few ideas.
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Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker Keen On 8Mm Remake

Two decades ago, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was riding a wave of success following his work on David Fincher’s indelible thriller Se7en, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after scribes in Hollywood. His follow-up, 8Mm, left much to be desired. Picked up and directed by Tigerland helmer Joel Schumacher, Walker’s treatment was transformed into a thriller that didn’t hold a candle to the intensity of Fincher’s breakout noir hit. But that hasn’t dampened the writer’s interest in the 1999 crime drama.

Original starring Nicholas Cage as a private eye on the case of a most mysterious snuff film, Schumacher’s low-key picture also featured Joaquin Phoenix in one of his earlier forays into cinema. In hindsight, 8Mm is a startlingly dark thriller, dipping its toe into the underbelly of illegal pornography without batting an eyelid – particularly for a studio movie.

Now, more than 15 years later,
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Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker Wants A ‘8Mm’ Remake

Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker Wants A ‘8Mm’ Remake
This year marks the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher‘s (The Social Network) breakout film, Se7en. The thriller not only launched Fincher’s feature filmmaking career, but it also made Andrew Kevin Walker an in-demand writer. Walker’s followup, 8Mm, made less of a cultural, critical, and box-office impact. Director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland) turned his hot spec script into a so-so thriller. Walker, personally, wouldn’t mind […]

The post Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker Wants A ‘8Mm’ Remake appeared first on /Film.
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Colin Farrell's Top 10 Roles

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There’s no pinning Colin Farrell down. The Irish actor has turned in memorable performances in every genre of film since bursting onto the scene with his breakout role in 2000’s war film Tigerland. Sure, there’s been a few missteps along the way…we’re sure we’re not the only ones who regret his bald-headed, leather-clad turn in Daredevil or the seemingly never-ending 214 minute cut of Alexander. But for every role we’d like to forget, Farrell wins us back with movies like Seven Psychopaths, The New World, and yes, even Miami Vice.

Farrell is heading back to the big screen with The Lobster, a film that mixes dark humour with a sci-fi and a side of romance. Making its North American premeire at Tiff, The Lobster focuses on a strange hotel and its residents (Farrell, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw) who have 45 days to find a
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Colin Farrell Knows Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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Colin Farrell’s a great actor, but he’s kind of box-office poison.

Just look at this track record.

Total Recall? Bombed.

Fright Night? Nobody bothered.

Dead Man Down? Yup, I don’t really remember that either.

In fact, aside from his hysterical supporting turn in 2011’s Horrible Bosses, S.W.A.T was the actor’s last legitimate hit. That came out in 2003. Granted, since Miami Vice 9 years ago, he’s not been making particularly commercial choices, but for a man still considered an A-lister that reads pretty alarmingly.

Well that’s likely to change with the news he’s been cast in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Directed by David Yates and written by original novelist J.K Rowling, Farrell has landed a major role alongside Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice).

Farrell will play Graves, a wizarding accomplice of Redmayne’s protagonist,
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10 Directors to Watch: Comedy Scribe Jeremy Garelick Gets Last Laugh

10 Directors to Watch: Comedy Scribe Jeremy Garelick Gets Last Laugh
When Screen Gems releases “The Wedding Ringer” on Jan. 16, the Kevin Hart comedy marks not only screenwriter Garelick’s directorial debut, but also the end of a very long and winding road for the project.

“I wrote it over 13 years ago with Jay Lavender, when it was called ‘The Golden Tux,’ ” he says. (The team also co-wrote 2006’s unusually realistic relationship comedy “The Break-Up” for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.) “I was shooting second unit in Dublin on Joel Schumacher’s ‘Veronica Guerin’ at the time, and Jay was in L.A. We sent stuff back and forth, and we sold it in 2002 to Todd Phillips.” Since then, the project may have languished, but Garelick — a Yale graduate who started at CAA before getting his big break as Schumacher’s assistant — has worked hard to learn everything he could about becoming a director.

“I was on the set of ‘Tigerland,
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Joel Schumacher on Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, nipples

The director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Joel Schumacher, has been talking about his turn as Batman's director...

The summer of 1997 proved a turning point in the career of director Joel Schumacher. Up until that point, he was one of Warner Bros' go-to directors, alternating Batman films with John Grisham movie adaptations, and turning them each into box office gold. Furthermore, his directorial CV is not short of interesting movies before that, from The Lost Boys to Falling Down.

Yet then Batman & Robin happened. And whilst Schumacher has made the odd good film since - Tigerland for a start - things clearly haven't been the same since.

In a new chat with Variety, Schumacher has been looking back at his time making Batman movies. And whilst a good chunk of what he's said there is stuff has covered before, it's no less interesting.

He revealed, for instance, that
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Joel Schumacher reflects on Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, and Bat-Nipples

Over the weekend George Clooney took the opportunity to apologise once again for his part in the 1997 travesty Batman & Robin, a movie which brought the Batman franchise – and indeed the entire superhero genre – to its knees.

Now director Joel Schumacher has reflected on both that film and its 1995 predecessor Batman Forever in an interview with Variety at the Hamptons Film Festival, where he was being presented with a lifetime achievement award for directing.

During the interview, Schumacher spoke about both his Batman movies, addressing Bat-Nipples (“I think that will be on my gravestone. It’s how I’ll be remembered.”) as well as defending the cast of Batman & Robin and taking full responsibility for its failure. Here’s what he had to say:

Your “Batman” movies aren’t as dark as Christopher Nolan’s.

I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult,
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Q&A: Joel Schumacher on ‘Batman,’ Ben Affleck and the Batsuit Nipples

Q&A: Joel Schumacher on ‘Batman,’ Ben Affleck and the Batsuit Nipples
Joel Schumacher stopped by the Hamptons Film Festival on Saturday morning to accept a lifetime achievement award in directing. He later spoke with Variety about the ups and downs of his career, including 1995’s “Batman Forever,” which grossed $336 million worldwide, and 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney, which was panned so badly that it temporarily killed the Dark Knight franchise for Warner Bros. Schumacher also recalled discovering Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell.

Your “Batman” movies aren’t as dark as Christopher Nolan’s.

I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton’s. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, “This is your franchise and they want me to do it. I won’t do it if you don’t want me to.” He said,
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True Detective Primer: The Darkest Roles from Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn

Earlier this week HBO finally confirmed that both Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn had signed on for the second season of True Detective. And if sources are correct, both men will be joined by Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, who will round out the series’ four lead roles. The casting news is sure to draw excitement and ire among fans as debate unfolds about whether or not each actor is the right choice.

While it remains to be seen just how each actor does in the series, we rounded up their best roles that serve as a primer to the crime drama.

Most mans of Vince Vaughn know him for his hilarious comedies, such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but there was a time when the actor explored a more serious side of things. In 2000′s The Cell, Vaughn goes inside the mind of a serial
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True Detective Primer: The Darkest Roles from Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn

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Earlier this week HBO finally confirmed that both Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn had signed on for the second season of True Detective. And if sources are correct, both men will be joined by Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, who will round out the series’ four lead roles. The casting news is sure to draw excitement and ire among fans as debate unfolds about whether or not each actor is the right choice.

While it remains to be seen just how each actor does in the series, we rounded up their best roles that serve as a primer to the crime drama.

Most mans of Vince Vaughn know him for his hilarious comedies, such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but there was a time when the actor explored a more serious side of things. In 2000′s The Cell, Vaughn goes inside the mind of a serial
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7 Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell movies to watch before True Detective

7 Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell movies to watch before True Detective
The Vaughnaissance starts here! HBO has finally confirmed the news that everyone already knew - Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of True Detective. Expect to see a darker side to the big screen comedy star, who'll play a career criminal alongside Colin Farrell's compromised cop in Nic Pizzolatto's drama.

The duo aren't familiar faces on the small screen (Farrell's last recurring TV credit was Ballykissangel in the late '90s!), but here are 7 essential Vaughn and Farrell film to watch to get you ready for season two.

1. Swingers (1996)

Vince Vaughn burst onto the scene in the mid-'90s as Swingers' fast-talking cool cat Trent Walker. His character, a charismatic extrovert, stood in sharp contrast to Jon Favreau's more contemplative Mike. After Swingers put Vaughn on the map, he bagged roles in Jurassic Park: The Lost World and the Psycho remake - but
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Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Talks ‘Noah’ and Darren Aronofsky

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Talks ‘Noah’ and Darren Aronofsky
Cinematographer Matthew Libatique has collaborated with Darren Aronofsky on all of his features save “The Wrestler.” This includes “Black Swan,” for which Libatique earned an Oscar nomination, and Aronofsky’s latest, “Noah,” a fanciful take on the Old Testament patriarch who built the ark.

The d.p. has repeated projects with Spike Lee (“Inside Man,” “Miracle at St. Anna”), Jon Favreau (the first two “Iron Man” films, “Cowboys & Aliens) and Joel Schumacher (“Tigerland,” “Phone Booth”). We spoke with Libatique, who will be participating in a cinematography master class on April 26 at the Newport Beach Film Festival, about “Noah,” the process and director/d.p. dynamics. This is an edited version of the conversation.

The setting and look of “Noah” suggests both a pre-civilized and post-apocalyptic world. What was your aesthetic approach in achieving this?

It was a focus on naturalism. The film ultimately goes in a place where you’re
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Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances

Going it alone: Tom Hardy's Locke and 8 more incredible solo performances
Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.

With Locke in cinemas now, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great performances from stars going it alone.

Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.

James Franco (127 Hours)

Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah,
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